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Information Sovereignty

Data Privacy, Sovereign Powers and the Rule of Law

Radim Polcak and Dan J.B. Svantesson

This thought-provoking work elaborates on the assumption that information privacy is, in its essence, comparable to information sovereignty. This seemingly rudimentary observation serves as the basis for an analysis of various information instruments in domestic and international law. It also provides for the method to resolve situations where informational domains of individuals and/or states collide. Information Sovereignty combines a philosophical and methodological analysis of the phenomena of information, sovereignty and privacy. It also encompasses more practical discussions of cybersecurity and cross-border processing of personal data, including in the context of cross-border discovery of digital evidence.
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Data Privacy, Sovereign Powers and the Rule of Law

Radim Polcak and Dan J.B. Svantesson


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Svantesson, D, ‘Cross-border data transfers after the CJEU’s Safe Harbour Decision – A tale of Gordian Knots’ (2016) 41(1) Alternative Law Journal 39

Svantesson, D, ‘Jurisdiction in 3D – “scope of (remedial) jurisdiction” as a third dimension of jurisdiction’ (2016) 12(1) Journal of Private International Law 60

Svantesson, D, ‘A Jurisprudential Justification for Extraterritoriality in (Private) International Law’ (2015) 13(2) Santa Clara Journal of International Law 517

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Svantesson, D, ‘The holy trinity of legal fictions undermining the application of law to the global Internet’ (2015) 23(3) International Journal of Law and Information Technology 219

Svantesson, D, ‘The (uncertain) future of online data privacy’ (2015) 9(1) Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology 129

Svantesson, D, ‘What is “Law”, if “the Law” is Not Something That “Is”? A Modest Contribution to a Major Question’ (September 2013) 26(3) Ratio Juris 456

Svantesson, D, ‘Celebrating 20 years of WWW – a reflection on the concept of jurisdiction’ (2012) 6(1) Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology 177

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